Kashvi is a junior at UC Berkeley studying Data Science. She came to Breakout Mentors with a lot of previous teaching experience, including as a high school volunteer teacher in rural India. Now she is a mentor in our Girls Coding Academy, working with a couple of middle school girls learning Python.
When did you start to code?
I began learning how to code during the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to acquire a new skill during my free time, and I have continued to pursue it ever since. I initially grasped the basic syntax before college but delved deeper into significant coding concepts after enrolling in classes at UC Berkeley.
Why is it important for kids to start coding when young?
Coding is not merely about learning concepts or syntax; it involves developing the ability to think algorithmically, which allows individuals to apply these concepts to their work and problem-solving. This way of thinking takes time to understand and grasp fully. Moreover, it strengthens critical and logical problem-solving skills, which not only enhances their capabilities in coding and computer science but also benefits them in various other fields.
What advice do you have for kids learning how to code?
Persistence is key, so never give up; even as you learn new coding languages and concepts, remember that coding can be challenging for college students and adults as well, but there’s always something new to learn, so stay determined. Start by exploring coding concepts that genuinely interest you, whether it’s game development, web design, or any other area, as coding becomes more enjoyable when you apply it to create something that excites you. Remember, coding is a journey, and the more you practice and experiment, the better you’ll become. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because they are opportunities to learn and improve.